Newcastle didn’t play anywhere near our best form today but we still nearly earned our first win, but Kenedy missed a penalty in the 96th minute.
Manquillo was injured and came off at half-time and the player who replaced him, Isaac Hayden, was given a red card halfway through the second half.
Hayden now faces a three-match ban.
Kenedy will also get a three-match ban after he kicked out at a Cardiff player in the first half and on video review he will pick up a three-match ban.
Let’s just say – this wasn’t a good game for Newcastle but at least we picked up a point.
Rafa Benitez – a strange game
Here’s what Rafa said after the game.
“I don’t want to talk about the referee.”
“We knew this game on paper you can be fighting with them. It’s a pity with 10 players – you can’t complain about the work-rate.”
“We had problems at the beginning, but we still had two clear chances.”
“It’s true it was very strange.” “We knew it could be physical and difficult and it was like that.”
“We put ourselves under pressure with some mistakes.”
“But after that, too many things happened that we didn’t like too much.”
“Kenedy was the designated penalty taker. First, it was Matt Ritchie (who was subbed) but then it was Kenedy.”
Rafa may think twice about taking Ritchie off now.
Two mediocre teams today – we have to play better than this.